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Marseille And Company Shake Swindon To The Ground

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal created dozens of fantastic bands, many of whom got lost in the shuffle, leading to them being overlooked and eventually causing their demise. A good example of this would be Marseille, who broke grounds for young British bands during their first run, but were overshadowed by bigger British bands such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. However, the band is back now, with a sense of celebrity about them somewhat, owing to guitarist Neil Buchanan’s time as the presenter of the smash hit television show Art Attack, and I had the pleasure to witness them at Riffs Bar in Swindon.

Kicking off the night was local act, Vivaxi. The band possess a quality about them which tends to focus more on their musicianship than on an entertaining performance, with each member looking thoroughly concentrated on their respective instrument, which each member plays with undeniable skill. The songs themselves are drawn out to a degree but contain a catchy quality to them, thus ensuring an enjoyable listening experience. While a good band, their focus on music over performance would make for a more boring tenure were it not for lead singer Chris Hawkins, who brings barrels of energy on stage as well as an impressive voice, mixing the screams of Rob Halford with the American party attitude of David Lee Roth. All in all, a solid performance and a good start to the evening.

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